Stopped just short of petrified is how I feel about the full day of school my son faces tomorrow.
The world has again shown us its kindest, most compassionate side while my boy has convalesced this past week. Tomorrow? I am not sure he is ready, except he has to be; I am not sure I am ready, except, being the adult, I have to be too.
Whatever it is you do to send good vibes out to the universe? Please do that for my son Monday, won’t you? I don’t know another way to describe his gait and posture but that of a 70 degree angle from the waist up. He’s like the right side of a capital “Y.” OK, I guess do know another way! He’s stepping gingerly, oh-so-slowly, but he is moving on his own with the help of his pediatrician, an orthopedic specialist, a badass/compassionate PA, the right meds, and well, inertia. A body in motion tends to stay in motion and all that.
My husband has been an exemplary physical therapist/cheerleader/motivational speaker/pill dispensary/personal health aide for our son. He’s made our kid get up and at ’em (relatively speaking, of course), forcing him to maneuver outside his comfort zone of flat-on-his-back-in-his-bed. I believe my husband has missed his true calling.
This last week has been a challenge for us all. Though not the one who sustained the serious injury, I am weary. As I watch my son fight to complete such daunting tasks as, oh, let’s say stand up or sit down, requiring midday naps (yes, naps, plural) to recover from the exertion, my maternal anxiety meter is pinging in the red. How is he going to spend a whole day at school? Can he possibly spend a whole day at school? At what time will I get the “Come pick me up?” call?? How will he make up the three tests, myriad assignments, and Solo & Ensemble competition he missed last week, and under what time frame?
I can solve none of these problems for him; he’s on his own at school. I don’t need to be reminded that’s how it’s supposed to be; I know. *sigh*